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Steel fixers use steel bars and mesh in reinforced concrete to strengthen buildings and other big structures.

Average salaries are in the region of £23,000.00 to £28,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Steel fixers use steel bars and mesh in reinforced concrete to strengthen buildings and other big structures.

What they do

They work out where the steel is needed and decide on the size, shape and number of reinforcing bars to use. Mechanical tools such as bending and cutting equipment are used to fix the steel in place.

Steel fitters work mainly on industrial and commercial developments, blocks of flats and large-scale building work such as roads, tunnels and bridges. Sometimes they help manufacture reinforced concrete in a factory.

Typical duties include:

  • Tying steel reinforcement bars (known as rebar) to build cages
  • Using rebar to build special casts to keep setting concrete in place
  • Physically demanding work, like lifting, bending and working at heights

Hours & Salary:

  • Trained with experience steel fixers can earn in the region of £23,000 - £28,000
  • Your construction salary will typically range depending on location and overtime
  • Self-employed steel fixers can set their own pay rates

Salaries will depend on your employer, location and level of responsibility.


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Qualifications & Training

There are no formal entry requirements to be a steel fixer, but a willingness to work hard is essential.

Many steel fixers begin their career by helping out on a building site – fetching and carrying tools and equipment and learning what the role involves. People who show a willingness to work and learn can progress to become a "nip-hand". They learn how to use the tools of a steel fixer and tie reinforcing steel together.

To progress beyond this level you need an SVQ/NVQ level 2 in steel fixing occupations. This includes cutting and shaping steel, installing in-situ and/or prefabricated steel, using power tools and safe working practices. Construction apprenticeships in steel fixing are available, where you work towards an SVQ/NVQ Level 2.

Most construction and engineering companies insist you have a CSCS card or similar competency card, or be part of a related scheme to work on their sites. The card is proof of your skills and competence. To get your card you must pass a health and safety assessment and have an NVQ or equivalent qualification.

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Career trends and forecasts

25,450 total people needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need a total of 25,450 steel erectors/structural fabrication people (which includes steel fixers) every year between 2017 - 2021. The highest demand for these construction jobs in the UK will be in the West Midlands followed by North East, South East, North West and Scotland.

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